ATLANTA — Count Waxahachie High School alumnus Aldrick Robinson among the illustrious few to call themselves Super Bowl bound after the Atlanta Falcons 44-21 thrashing of the Green Bay Packers during Sunday's NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome.
Robinson, an Indian receiver between 2002 and 2006 under former Head Coach David Ream, joins former New England Patriot Brian Waters and former Indianapolis Colt Montae Reagor on the list of former Waxahachie players to grace Super Bowl rosters this century.
Waters, highly regarded as one of the best offensive linemen in an era that included the likes of Hall of Famers Willie Roaf and Will Shields, Hallo Fo Fame Finalist Alan Faneca and possible Hall of Fame future members Olin Kreutz and Steve Hutchinson, played in Super Bowl XLVI in 2011 in his first and only stint with the Patriots.
The undrafted free agent was a six-time Pro Bowler (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011) and a two-time First-Team All-Pro (2004, 2005) with the Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs. Waters was also the 2009 Walter Payton Man of the Year — which honors a player's volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field.
Montae, the father of current Indian standout wide receiver and Texas Christian University commitment Jalen Reagor, won Super Bowl XLI in 2006 with the Peyton Manning-led Colts after being drafted as the No. 58 pick (2nd rd) of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
He was also the last Indian to win a Super Bowl this century.
The 2007 Ed Block Courage Award recipient — selected by teammates as the person that best embodies the tenant of being a role model for inspiration, sportsmanship and courage — is Texas Tech University's season record holder in sacks (24.5) and tackles for loss (47).
Waxahachie's newest member of the last-game-until-September club will step onto Houston's NRG Stadium for Super Bowl 51 in only his fifth year — at least two years faster than his predecessors.
As a junior, Robinson, a former Yahoo Rivals and Scout.com two-star prospect and a two-time All-District selection, recorded 21 receptions for 651 yards and eight touchdowns. As a senior, he recorded 29 receptions for 647 yards and eight touchdowns and more than 1,500 all-purpose yards.
After being drafted No. 178 in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Robinson spent three seasons with the Washington Redskins (2011-2014) and the (2014-2015 season on the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad before signing with the Falcons in March.
He had 20 receptions, 353 yards (16.1 ypg) and scored two touchdowns as a part of an Atlanta (11-5) receiving core without or with limited perennial All-Pro Julio Jones because of a lingering toe injury. Robinson, who is third on the Falcons' depth chart behind Mohammed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel, is the team's sixth-leading receiver.
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